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Beautiful Darkness: Celebrating the Winter Solstice

Jessica RadcliffeAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Northern Lass/SnowflakesJessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, Martin Simpson 6:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Time Is A Little Girl/Over The River and Through the WoodsJessica Radcliffe, 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Time Is Drawing NearMartin Simpson 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Kolyada/Old OneJessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, Martin Simpson 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Raven/GiftsLisa Ekstrom, 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Give Me the MoonJessica Radcliffe, 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance/In Winters ShadowJessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, Martin Simpson 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. O VentLisa Ekstrom, 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Cutty WrenJessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, Martin Simpson 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. 'Til Here Is There, Lisa Ekstrom, 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. To Drive the Cold Winter AwayBarry Phillips 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. One Small CandleJessica Radcliffe, 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Winter Wedding/The Wexford Carol/The King/The Holly and the IvyJessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, Martin Simpson 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Solstice FireJessica Radcliffe, Lisa Ekstrom, Martin Simpson0:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. TourneTourne, Lisa Ekstrom, 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Bright Child/MagicJessica Radcliffe, 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Holly Bears the Crown, Martin Simpson 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 23, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: High Bohemia
  • ASIN: B000056K90
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This trio presents exquisite acoustic arrangements of traditional tunes & songs from Russia, Ireland, Wales & other parts of the world, blending original material & spoken word to create the perfect backdrop for the winter season.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! December 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite CDs this season. The songs are simply lovely. Sond of the songs have words that are spoken rather than sung as poems or stories being told. Beautiful flutes, bells ringing, guitars and the like. Its very gentle music that you just want to sit and absorb. The lyrics are beautiful - poetic blessings, celebrating our change of seasons, the winter, the wildlife. A few have a celtic sound to them but most do not. The voices, music are just so harmonious, melodic, wonderful. This cd was just what I needed to celebrate the darkness. An amazing work. I wish I could find more like this one!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mature and Genuinely Talented December 12, 2010
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I admit it is difficult for me to find music that both suits my earth-centered sensibilities and my need for really good (professional, grown-up) music. This CD is refreshingly both. Much Pagan-ish music comes across as slightly cheesy to me, perhaps partly because I spend a lot of time listening to genuine indigenous sound and the worlds most gifted musicians from multiple cultures. This is NOT your typical "almost Celtic" or "almost poetic but-a-little-predictable" blatantly Goddess-honoring CD. No, this, this is subtle, sensitive, brave, professional, and inclusive. The artists include brilliant poetry by both John and Caitlin Matthews (who are personal friends of theirs) and bring in imagery from traditional pre-Christian Russia. There is a sampling from France, England, and my favorite treat, a soulful rendition of a Romani Gypsy song. Their own poetry is simple, understated, and still emotional. My only wish is that one of the vocalists had a silkier voice that matched a few of the songs emotionality better, but her youthful, raspy quality is perfect for the rest of what she sings. It is a shame they haven't done more sacred music.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intoxicating February 22, 2002
By Justme
Format:Audio CD
How does one begin to describe absolute musical and lyrical beauty? Beautiful Darkness is that description. It is mysterious, passionate, elegant, grand, heavenly, intoxicating and down to earth all at the same time. The artists on this CD have given music lovers a rare gift with this recording.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for! December 13, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Finally, I found it. I've been searching for actual Winter Solstice music to play during the holidays. Not one with Christmas songs, but rather, actual songs about the Winter Solstice: the dark season, the return of the light, and the winter season. This is it! It is perfect! The songs have a wonderful earthy feel to them; they really get you in the mood for enjoying the winter season. The album has lots of songs on it, so you really get your money's worth and the songs have lots of variation and interest to them. There are some spoken words throughout that really help set an overall tone of reverence and enjoyment of the season. I love this CD and it will become an auditory staple in this Humanist/Pagan household every time the wheel turns to the dark time of the year! Thank you so much to the artists for creating such a wonderful work of musical art!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely recording December 29, 2013
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This is not for people who like their music perfectly synthesized and artificial. Beautiful Darkness celebrates real voices, poetry and gentle acoustic instruments. A lovely accompaniment to your Yuletide ritual or festivity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful winter music March 6, 2013
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i loved the haunting quality of this pagan solstice music-- which is hard to find for sure!! thank you for this gem!
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